GUSA Roundup: Bills, bills, bills (of rights)
On Sunday, members of the Georgetown University Student Association Senate gathered for their weekly meeting. GUSA Vice President Greg Laverriere (COL’12) gave the executive briefing in which he updated the senators on the Student Bill of Rights, a proposed addendum to the Student Code of Conduct that will outline student rights and responsibilities as well as resolve a few ambiguities.
This bill, according to Laverriere, marks the beginning of a process to improve the Student Code of Conduct. He stressed that this it only includes “five glaring rights and five glaring responsibilities” and that it is by no means finalized. The discussion and modification process for the bill will begin when they present the it to the Disciplinary Review Committee today.
“There are still conversations that need to be had with key primary stakeholders,” Laverriere added.
Vice Chair of the Endowment Commission Colton Malkerson (COL’13) then updated the room on the Student Activities Endowment. The commission is currently in the process of finalizing the time when the proposals still on the table will be put to referendum. Although the referendum was initially pitted for December, Malkerson said it will most likely happen in early January. The Senate will finalize the language of the proposals and referendum this semester. The proposals still on the table include Georgetown Energy’s townhouse solar panel initiative, the Social Innovation and Public Service Fund, and the New South Student Center.
Speaking of proposals still on the table, the Laverriere also briefed the Senate on one big proposal that isn’t. Though the administration declined the Healy Pub project, the spirit of the plan will live vicariously through other proposals, according to the steering committee. The two motivations for this Healy Pub—the need for student social space and increased student space near the Dahlgren/Healy area—will be addressed by other projects, ie the New South Student Center.
Finally, amid various other items, one senator brought up that the current GUSA logo is apparently illegal for undisclosed reasons. Since GUSA wouldn’t dare go logo-less, one idea brought up was to host a logo competition open to the student body. For the record, Vox fully endorses a campus-wide competition for the GUSA logo.